Great potential in Longford
Moneyfad farm sets a high standard while the Barry property needs some work
The recent spell of fine weather made it a good time to get out and about and walk a few farms. Last week I took myself to my wife's country in Longford to walk two nice parcels of ground that are on the market and for sale by private treaty.
The first piece is located at Moneyfad near Ballymahon between Archies Bridge and the Longford Lanesboro Road. The 29ac parcel includes 24ac of grazing ground and 5ac of forestry with 10 years of premiums at €1,000 a year. The sale is guided at €250,000 or over €8,500/ac.
It was overcast but mild when I arrived at the property and pulled into a gateway with a fine sturdy gate. The first field is a lovely dry elevated piece of grazing ground with a fine sward for this time of year.
A content bunch of cattle were lying down peacefully chewing the cud and took no notice of me as I walked down through two further fields leading to the Grand Canal that bounds the property near the forestry.
Even on the lower section, the ground was dry and firm. The best of steel gates leading from one field to another could do with a decent pier and latch post.
According to Jackie White of Raymond White auctioneers, the parcel is part of a bigger residential farm that was sold a number of years ago and owned by very careful farmers.
Indeed this property has all the signs of good husbandry with good barbed-wire fencing obviously completed to REPs standards well back from the hedgerow on the boundary.
There are some lovely stands of trees on the holding that has excellent road frontage. Indeed the upper section of the property would be an ideal site for a house, given the necessary planning permission.